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Govt issues directive for healthcare technologies, medical supplies

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KATHMANDU — For the first time, the government has issued ‘Healthcare Technologies and Medical Supplies Directive 2017’ for streamlining the management of purchase and distribution of medical technologies and equipment.

The Cabinet meeting has endorsed the directive on Monday presented by the Ministry of Health paving the way for capping the widespread irregularities flourishing under random and unchecked pricing system for healthcare technologies and equipment.

With the endorsement of the directive, Health Minister Gagan Thapa said,  the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of the health technologies and equipment will be fixed.

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“The health service will be affordable and quality-based with the enforcement of the directive as purchase of quality healthcare materials and equipment will be made affordable,” Minister Thapa said, adding that his will prevent the misuse of State coffers.

The Ministry of Health prepared the directive as per the suggestion and advice received from medicinal consultants and advisory committee.

From now on, companies setting up drug manufacturing industries and overseeing the supply of medical equipment and technologies will have to seek a recommendation from the Department of Drug Administration (DDA) and be registered with the government.

The DDA will also be tasked with the job of monitoring the compliance with the new directive.

The MoH will subject the concerned companies and individuals to legal action under Drugs Act and Procurement Act including other regulations for noncompliance with the directive.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

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Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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